How Often Should I See My Doctor ?

Certain conditions require close follow-up, even if you are not having problems or symptoms.  Below
are some common diagnoses and guidelines for how often you should be rechecked.


Hypertension (High blood pressure):
Every 6 months if well controlled, every 1-3 months if not in

Diabetes:  Every 3 months if controlled, every 6 months if very well controlled.  Every 1-2 months if
not controlled.  Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) labwork every 3-6 months.

Hyperlipidemia (High cholesterol):  Every 3 months if not controlled.  Every 6-12 months if well

Depression/Anxiety: Every 3 months if well controlled.  More often if needed.

Well Adult Exams:  Yearly for discussion of illness prevention, like cancer and heart disease.  This
visit is dedicated to screening options, like Paps, mammograms, and prostate screenings, and how
to stay healthy.  Time is not allotted for problems during this visit.

Weight Loss:  Once monthly.

ADHD: Once monthly for 3 months, then every 3 months if controlled.

Osteoporosis (Bone loss):  Once yearly.

Asthma/COPD/Emphysema:  Every 3-6 months if stable, with PFTs (Pulmonary Function Tests)
yearly.  Every month if not controlled, or using albuterol rescue inhaler more than 2 times per month.

Thyroid Disease:  Every 6 months if controlled.  Every 6 weeks if  medication changes.